This is a hearty and delicious soup filled with flavour and goodness. The entire soup takes about 20 minutes to prepare and is even better the next day!
-2 cans of white beans
-4 cloves garlic
-2 handfuls of baby kale
-2 ripe tomatoes
-2 celery stalks (including leaves)
-2 tablespoons olive oil
- Sprinkle of Salt & Pepper
-2 cups water
- 1/2 lemon squeezed
Dice the onions and garlic and add all three to a pot with some olive oil – fry on medium heat until golden brown. Add the chopped celery (stalks only) and carrot. Dice the tomatoes and add to the mixture once the celery and carrot have softened. Allow the mixture to cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the beans, water, salt & pepper. Cook for a further 5 minutes on low. Remove from the heat add the kale, lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil and put the lid on and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
Warm-up by a fire & enjoy!
Many of our caregivers are finding themselves caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, dementia or seniors that maybe set in his or her ways. Making more stress on the caregiver within the household.
Here are some tips on how cope with agitation or aggression:
-Reassure the person. Speak calmly. Listen to his or her concerns and frustrations.
-Try to show that you understand if the person is angry or fearful.
-Allow the person to keep as much control in his or her life as possible.
- Try to keep a routine, such as bathing,
dressing, and eating at the same
time each day.
-Build quiet times into the day, along
-Keep well-loved objects and
photographs around the house to
help the person feel more secure.
-Try soothing music,
reading, or walks.
-Reduce noise, clutter, or the number
of people in the room.
-Try to distract the person with a
favorite snack, object, or activity.
-Limit the amount of caffeine, sugar, and “junk food” the person drinks and eats.
My mother, a gardener, has always loved flowers and watching things grow. I wanted her to always have flowers in her room at the nursing home, but I find they wilt or died so quickly, it is another chore to keep them fresh.
I decided to buy her amaryllis bulbs each week for the winter months, she will enjoy watching their speedy growth and enjoy the anticipation of what color the next bloom will be!
My tip to all caregivers is to think outside the box, remember what your loved ones hobbies and likes are and try to incorporate it, where ever they end up living.
Mornings always seem like a busy time for families, rushing children out the door, getting to a dr's appointment or rubbing your eyes trying to wake up and find something to eat- our solution breakfast jars. This recipe can be made the night before and kept in the fridge ready to pull out and enjoy.
Greek Yogurt Muffin Jar:
-1 whole muffin of your choice
- 6 ounces, plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie spice
- 1 tablespoon Honey
-1 Banana, Sliced
Mix pumpkin spice and honey into yogurt and layer as Yogurt, muffin, banana. This is a great way to start a busy morning- make one for the whole family.
Tip of the Day:
Give yourself credit for doing the best you can on one of the toughest jobs there is.
My mother is a little peanut of a woman , barely 5 feet tall. For some reason all the exam tables in doctor's offices are way too high, but they still expect Mom to hike herself onto them. One day, a nurse was trying to help Mom and complimented her on her ability to get up on the table. Mom turned to her and said, "I'm little but I'm mighty."
The nurse could not stop laughing. Mom is a strong women that keeps her going at 97 years young. At least her Dr's visits are never boring!
This recipe is easy for busy nights and can be made ahead of time to reheat. Used as a healthy comfort food option that is great as a main or side dish, goes wonderful with salmon or chicken. Check it out:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 tablespoons honey
salt and black pepper
1 handful of walnuts
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking dish or sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
In a large bowl toss diced potatoes with olive oil, honey and salt and pepper, until well coated.
Roast potatoes for 30 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.
Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and toasted walnuts.
Serve warm & enjoy on a cold winter night.
Having a stressful day? Need alittle boost- we are here to tell you that music therapy doesn't only work on our loved ones but can benefit caregivers directly.
Make a mixed c.d of all your favorite music or listen to a great music channel, find a quiet place to sit and listen for a few minutes, even if you have to go sit in the car for awhile. Come back to your caring self refreshed and ready to tackle anything.
Can you remember the last time you heard your favorite song and used the kitchen spatula as a microphone! Turn it up loud and enjoy- even for a minute or two.
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.